Here at PopHorror, we love all things horror. From mainstream to indie, we can’t get enough of it. We’re grateful for the many opportunities and great films that have come our way. With the year wrapping up tonight, we wanted to bring you PopHorror’s Favorite Horror Movies of 2019!
In no particular order…
A pizza delivery girl at the end of her financial rope has to fight for her life – and her tips – when her last order of the night turns out to be high society Satanists in need of a virgin sacrifice.
Directed by Jordan Peele. Starring Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, Elisabeth Moss, Shahadi Wright Joseph, Evan Alex, and Tim Heidecker.
A family’s serene beach vacation turns to chaos when their doppelgängers appear and begin to terrorize them.
READY OR NOT
Co-directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett. Starring Andie MacDowell, Henry Czerny, Adam Brody, Nicky Guadagni, John Ralston, Elyse Levesque, Melanie Scrofano, Mark O’Brien, Kristian Bruun, Samara Weaving, Daniela Barbosa, Celine Tsai, and Hanneke Talbot.
A bride’s wedding night takes a sinister turn when her eccentric new in-laws force her to take part in a terrifying game.
Directed by Gigi Saul Guerrero AKA La Muñeca Del Terror. Starring Richard Cabral, Martha Higareda, Shawn Ashmore, Creed Bratton, Corey Fogelmanis, Seri DeYoung, and legendary horror actress Barbara Crampton.
A thriller that follows a young Mexican woman in pursuit of the American Dream, who crosses illegally into the United States, only to find herself in an American nightmare.
A young woman, while attempting to save her father during a category 5 hurricane, finds herself trapped in a flooding house and must fight for her life against alligators.
Directed by Larry Fessenden. Starring David Call, Joshua Leonard, and Alex Breaux.
A disillusioned field surgeon suffering from PTSD makes a man out of body parts and brings him to life in a Brooklyn loft.
KNIVES AND SKIN
Directed by Jennifer Reeder. Starring Kate Arrington, Marika Engelhardt, Tim Hopper, and many more.
A mystical teen noir that follows a young girl’s disappearance in the rural Midwest and its effect on teens and parents.
Our review of Knives and Skin
ONE CUT OF THE DEAD
Directed by Shin’ichirô Ueda. Starring Takayuki Hamatsu, Yuzuki Akiyama, and Harumi Shuhama.
Things go badly for a hack director and film crew shooting a low budget zombie movie in an abandoned WWII Japanese facility, when they are attacked by real zombies.
DANIEL ISN’T REAL
Directed by Adam Egypt Mortimer (read our interview with him here). Starring Miles Robbins, Patrick Schwarzenegger, and Sasha Lane.
A troubled college freshman, Luke, suffers a violent family trauma. He then resurrects his charismatic childhood imaginary friend Daniel to help him cope, not realizing how dangerous Daniel is.
Directed by Mike Flanagan. Starring Ewan McGregor, Rebecca Ferguson, and Kyliegh Curran.
Years following the events of The Shining, a now-adult Dan Torrance must protect a young girl with similar powers from a cult known as The True Knot, who prey on children with powers to remain immortal.
Directed by Josh Hasty (read our interview with him here). Starring Tony Todd, P.J. Soles (read our interview with her here), Courtney Gains, Pancho Moler (read our interview with him here), and more.
It’s Halloween weekend and a group of bullies are planning their annual hazing on local outcast, Jacob Atkins. When they take things too far, he’s resurrected to seek revenge against those that wronged him.
BODY AT BRIGHTON ROCK
Directed by Roxanne Benjamin. Starring Karina Fontes, Casey Adams, and Emily Althaus.
A park ranger spends the night guarding a potential crime scene on a remote mountain trail.
Directed by Ari Aster. Starring Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, Vilhelm Blomgren, and more.
A couple travels to Sweden to visit a rural hometown’s fabled mid-summer festival. What begins as an idyllic retreat quickly devolves into an increasingly violent and bizarre competition at the hands of a pagan cult.
IT CHAPTER TWO
Directed by Andy Muschietti. Starring Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Bill Hader, Isaiah Mustafa, Jay Ryan, Andy Bean, James Ransone, Bill Skarsgård, Finn Wolfhard, and more.
Twenty-seven years after their first encounter with the terrifying Pennywise, the Losers Club have grown up and moved away, until a devastating phone call brings them back.
BEYOND HORROR: THE HISTORY AND SUB-CULTURE OF RED FILMS
Co-directed by Jessie Seitz and Marcus Koch. Together, they decided to branch out from fictional narrative work and turn their attention to documenting the history of extreme cinema by collecting interviews from all around the world.
This documentary will be the first of its kind to focus on the history of films that exist outside of traditional horror; work that lives in infamy and work that is dangerous. It is being produced by Elmar Berger (100 Tears, Burning Inside)
A woman goes to the countryside to spend a quiet weekend after losing her job and having her last complicated relationship implode. She rents a country house to an old-fashioned widower, who struggles to hide his psychopathic tendencies.
10/31 PART 2
Created by Rocky Gray (read our interview with him here) and directed by Jennifer Nangle (read our interview with her here), Stephen Wolfe, Tory Van Buskirk, Max Groah, and Drew Marvick (read our interview with him here).
A Halloween horror anthology sequel to 10/31.
SLAUGHTERHOUSE SLUMBER PARTY
Directed by Dustin Mills. Starring Jason Crowe, Kayla Elizabeth, Ariel Nicole Jarchow, and many more.
What started as the debauched annual slumber party for a tight knit group of gal pals becomes a fight for their lives when supernatural evil threatens to destroy the world.
On Halloween, a group of friends encounter an “extreme” haunted house that promises to feed on their darkest fears. The night turns deadly as they come to the horrifying realization that some nightmares are real.
Directed by Rian Johnson. Starring Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, and many more.
A detective investigates the death of a patriarch of an eccentric, combative family.
THE LAST TO SEE THEM
Directed by Sara Summa with a cast starring Canio Lancellotti, Pasquale Lioi, and Barbara Verrastro.
Amidst the sun-bleached fields of southern Italy, a farming family’s isolated existence becomes besieged by a sinister destiny.
Directed by Abe Forsythe. Starring Lupita Nyong’o, Alexander England, and Josh Gad.
A washed-up musician teams up with a teacher and a kids show personality to protect young children from a sudden outbreak of zombies.
Directed by Teddy Grennan. Starring Bruce Dern, Annabelle Dexter-Jones, Eric Nelsen.
When a nature photographer explains to the Police how she fought her way out of the Watchatoomy Valley, they dismiss her crazed and violent story as a meth-induced nightmare. But when they discover that she’s telling the truth, it’s too late.
SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK
Directed by André Øvredal with a cast starring Zoe Margaret Colletti, Michael Garza, Gabriel Rush, and Austin Zajur.
On Halloween 1968, reclusive Stella and her two friends meet a mysterious drifter, Ramón, and uncover a sinister notebook of stories.
Directed by Richard Shepard. Starring Allison Williams, Steven Weber, Alaina Huffman, and Logan Browning.
When troubled musical prodigy Charlotte seeks out Elizabeth, the new star pupil of her former school, the encounter sends both musicians down a sinister path with shocking consequences.
Did any of our favorites make your list? Let us know in the comments!